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"The Future of Environmental Protection in the United States"

Paul Portney
Professor of Economics
Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

Monday, April 16
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Paul Portney is well known in both environmental policy circles in Washington, D.C,. and in the environmental economics academic community worldwide." — Charles Kolstad, host

Paul Portney

Political, social, and economic changes in the United States suggest that environmental protection in the years ahead may look very different than it has for the past forty years. Those changes include a much more polarized political debate, an evolving view of the way people think of themselves in relation to the environment, and an economic future for the U.S. that may look very different than the past. The effects these changes are likely to have on public support for the environment will be the subject of this talk.

Paul R. Portney joined the Department of Economics at the University of Arizona in January 2011, after having served as dean of the university’s Eller College of Management from 2005-2010. He had previously spent more than thirty years with Resources for the Future (RFF), where, at various times, he headed two research divisions and served as vice president, president and CEO . At RFF, Portney was instrumental in expanding the research staff, reinforcing the high quality of its analyses and ensuring that its work was communicated clearly and effectively to policymakers, business leaders, journalists, environmental advocates, and academics.

From 1979-1980, Portney served as Chief Economist for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He has held visiting teaching positions at UC Berkeley and Princeton University. Portney received his BA in economics from Alma College in Michigan and his PhD in economics from Northwestern University. He has authored or co-authored ten books, including Public Policies for Environmental Protection, and in 2005 was named one of the 100 most-cited researchers in economics and business.

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